Wednesday, 3 June 2015

May round up and June goals


I think these monthly round up posts make the months seem like they are flying by way quicker than usual.

May was busy. I went to London, I baked many cakes, I got obsessed with the new Taylor Swift video, there was the election and all that followed that, I ate too much cake and went up a cup size, I didn't go climbing, I did paint some chairs and I did rediscover my social life. As for holiday clothes I decided I needed to save some money for the amazing holiday we are planning instead.

I also went to two art exhibitions in one weekend, hugged a man who was covered in ice cream and oh yeah, started my new job. Quite a lot for one month.

So what are the plans for June? Well they are looking pretty darn good to be honest as WE ARE GOING ON HOLIDAY IN JUNE!!!! I am ever so excited. We are doing all kinds of good stuff as well, including some fantastic adventures we have planned. I cannot wait. But first I need to finish my first month in my new job - so much excitement.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Tuesday Music: Bad Blood

This was going to post a while back Monday but I was taking a week of from being anywhere and doing anything, and then I started a new job and . . . so here we are.

On Sunday 17th May Taylor Swift launched her new music video at the start of the Billboard Music Awards where she won a LOT of awards.

And this video looks fun and badass and makes me happy. Since then I spent a lot of time channel hopping on TV to watch it on a nice big screeen. It warrants it.

Bad Blood is one of my favourite songs on 1989 and blends really well into All You Had to do was Stay (which is a pretty much constant mash up earworm in my head). Enjoy:


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Hypermobility and Me

me with none of my hypermobile joints in sight!
"I tried a pun about rubber bands, but it was a bit of stretch" 

You may or may not know that May is Joint Hypermobility Awareness Month.

Earlier this year I was diagnosed with Joint Hypermobility and in a lot of ways it was a massive relief.

For this diagnosis I saw Dr Faith Gardner who was frankly excellent.  She put me at ease, talked me through it and made me feel okay about being a “wobbly person”.

For years I had weird things happen that could not be explained – such as a period of fainting a lot which was probably a mild form of Postural Tachycardia (POTS) and ongoing battles with IBS.  It also goes a way to explaining some panic attacks – as if your heart is beating wildly it sends the body into fight or flight mode.  In addition to that it explains my generally wobbly joints and pelvis and my tendency to bump into things (hello poor proprioception and low balance!). It also explained my childhood Osgood Schlatters disease, my twenty-something subloxating kneecap, my thin stretchy skin (and stretch marks and constant bruises) , my clicky, sticky joints, my flat right foot and my occasional bouts of extreme tiredness or fatigue (interspersed with MASSIVE amounts of energy!)

But in the context of my hypermobility these mysteries all make sense and there seems to be a way forward.  Though nothing suggests diet can help with Joint Hypermbobilty, it can help with the management of POTs as shown by Deliciously Ella. Drinking lots of water helps with pretty much all my symptoms and weight training helps strengthen my muscles to allow them to do some of the work that my cartilage just cannot do, much as it would like to.

Another key to working on this has been Pilates. I have been going to classes at Leith Pilates for just over a year now and it has really helped me with my body awareness massively. For example now I feel when I am popping out into weird shapes when reaching for a tin of tomatoes on a high shelf.

I’m still prone to putting myself in weird shapes though. My lovely colleague noticed the other day that I was sat at my desk in what looked like a very uncomfortable position but felt very natural to me!

It has been a bit of a journey of discovery and realising that high sugar foods don’t really help with the POTS and that high heels really do not help with the Hypermobility were things that kind of sucked, but each day is a new day and each day is filled with potential – now I know the cause of my weird symptoms I can actually do something about them and that my friends is a powerful thing to feel.

If you want to find out more about Joint Hypermobility then please check out hypermobility.org for more information on the varieties of this condition and on support available to those with it.
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